2019 NORTHBROOK DAYS FESTIVAL RAISES $65,000 FOR LOCAL COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND COMMUNITY GRANTS
December 5, 2019 – NORTHBROOK, IL – The Northbrook Civic Foundation and its Northbrook Days Festival Committee announced that the 95th annual festival netted $65,000 for scholarships and grants.
The temporary move from Village Green Park to the Northbrook Court parking lot hurt financial results for the 2019 festival, with overall revenues down and expenses up. Still, thousands of people flocked to the five-day fest, which raises funds for college scholarships for local high school seniors and grants to organizations that serve the community.
The Northbrook Civic Foundation is discussing plans with the Northbrook Park District that the foundation hopes will result in Northbrook Days returning to Village Green Park for the 96th annual festival August 5 – 9, 2020. The discussions are centered around a park layout designed to protect oak trees and their root systems from heavier carnival features.
“This year’s location change was exceptionally challenging, but our hundreds of volunteers came through to make sure the festival tradition continued,” Northbrook Civic Foundation President Matt Settler said. “In addition to our many volunteers, we’re also thankful to the management of Northbrook Court for making their parking lot available to us on short notice.”
The Northbrook Civic Foundation also wishes to thank its many generous festival sponsors for their support. Without the backing of volunteers and sponsors, the festival and the donations that come from it would not be possible.
Planned and staffed by volunteers, Northbrook Days is a summer tradition that brings our community together, while being a testament to local generosity. Each year the festival features a wide variety of local food and beverage options, exciting carnival games and rides, big ticket raffle prizes, great live music. Northbrook Days is the only annual fundraiser for the Northbrook Civic Foundation, which has been supporting the local community for more than 100 years.
Over the years, the Northbrook Civic Foundation has provided grants to many Northbrook non-profit and social service agencies, including: Northbrook Park District, Northbrook Public Library, Youth Services of Glenview/Northbrook, Village of Northbrook, International Center on Deafness & the Arts, Northbrook Community Nursery School, Northbrook Historical Society, Northfield Township Food Pantry, North Suburban YMCA, Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts, Glenbrook North Grad Night, The Josselyn Center, Northbrook Community Garden, Northbrook Centennial Plaza, Northbrook Symphony, Special Gifts Theatre, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA), Northbrook Baseball, Care
Packages to Military Northbrook residents overseas, and Northbrook Citizens for Drug and Alcohol Awareness (NCDAA).
Planning for the 96th Annual Northbrook Days Festival in August 2020 has already begun. In the months to come, watch for announcements how the 2019 proceeds are being used.
About Northbrook Civic Foundation
The Northbrook Civic Foundation was originally established in 1907 as the Shermerville Improvement Club. The Civic name was adopted in 1925. The Northbrook Civic Foundation, a non-profit volunteer organization of neighbors and friends, has raised more than $3.2 million and converted those funds into scholarships for college-bound students and donated to worthwhile organizations in Northbrook.